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AUDIO: Raw audio of Thursday night’s Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall

AUDIO: Raw audio of Thursday night’s Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall

Below is raw audio of Thursday night’s (Jan. 22) Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall meeting, held from 6- 7:30 p.m. at the Highline High School Library. Between 50-60 people were in attendance... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Where will the money come from?’

LETTER: ‘Where will the money come from?’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM? It is... [Read more]

Burien and Metro plan Route 139 replacement shuttle, seek comments

Burien and Metro plan Route 139 replacement shuttle, seek comments

Metro Transit is working with the City of Burien on an alternative service to replace the parts of Bus Route 139 –which was cut last September (read our previous coverage here) – that were used the... [Read more]

Burien City Council holding ‘Strategic Planning Retreat’ this Saturday, Jan. 24

Burien City Council holding ‘Strategic Planning Retreat’ this Saturday, Jan. 24

The Burien City Council will be attending a Strategic Planning Retreat this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Shorewood Room at the Burien Community Center. The community center... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Who should be held in Contempt?’

LETTER: ‘Who should be held in Contempt?’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Who should be held in Contempt? How does... [Read more]

REMINDER: Highline Public Schools Town Hall Meeting will be Thurs., Jan. 22

REMINDER: Highline Public Schools Town Hall Meeting will be Thurs., Jan. 22

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members will be on hand Thursday, Jan. 22 for an open public dialog about the levy and bond measures…

LETTER: Highline School Board President shares concerns about misinformation

LETTER: Highline School Board President shares concerns about misinformation

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] January 14, 2015 Dear Highline Community: As... [Read more]

Highline bond issue proponent complains of violations of  disclosure law

Highline bond issue proponent complains of violations of disclosure law

EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 by Jack Mayne The Highline Citizens for Schools has filed a complaint with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission claiming the... [Read more]

City of Burien receives award for ‘Excellence in Financial Reporting’

City of Burien receives award for ‘Excellence in Financial Reporting’

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the City of Burien the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial... [Read more]

Normandy Park City Council hires Bob Jean as interim City Manager

Normandy Park City Council hires Bob Jean as interim City Manager

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: After spending three hours questioning three candidates for interim city manager, the City Council voted on Wednesday night (Jan. 7) to hire Bob Jean, a veteran... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Highline Public Schools hosting community meetings about levy, bond

Highline Public Schools hosting community meetings about levy, bond

Families, community members, and staff are encouraged to attend upcoming community meetings about Highline Public Schools’ proposed levy and bond measures on the Feb. 10 ballot. Renewal of an Educational... [Read more]

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding ‘coffee chat’ this Saturday

Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta holding ‘coffee chat’ this Saturday

Burien City Councilmember – and new Deputy Mayor – Nancy Tosta will be holding 2015’s first “community coffee chat” this Saturday, Jan 10, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Burien Press. “Please... [Read more]

LETTER: Highline School Board responds to John Castronover’s letter

LETTER: Highline School Board responds to John Castronover’s letter

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] A Response to John Castronover’s Letter... [Read more]

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Story by Jack Mayne Photos by Scott Schaefer After four hours of haggling over the wording, the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 5) approved updating a city ordinance that permits police to ban... [Read more]

City of Burien on Eagle Landing Park: ‘unlikely that the stairs will reopen soon’

City of Burien on Eagle Landing Park: ‘unlikely that the stairs will reopen soon’

The City of Burien on Tuesday (Dec. 30) made the following announcement about Eagle Landing Park – closed on Dec. 12, and as we reported on Monday getting much worse: “It is unlikely that the... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I have some concerns about this current bond proposal…’

LETTER: ‘I have some concerns about this current bond proposal…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, posted exactly as written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] I believe parents and... [Read more]

Year in review: In Burien, King County delivers in transit, health & environment

Year in review: In Burien, King County delivers in transit, health & environment

By Dow Constantine Special to The B-Town Blog I’ve had to privilege to represent Burien, in one capacity or another, since I was first elected to the State Legislature in 1996. The holidays are a good... [Read more]

City of Burien now accepting amendment requests for 2015 Comprehensive Plan

City of Burien now accepting amendment requests for 2015 Comprehensive Plan

On Sunday, Dec. 28, the City of Burien announced that it is initiating its annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process for 2015, and is accepting new individual requests to be considered through March... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘More Police Officers vs new schools and the money for neither…’

LETTER: ‘More Police Officers vs new schools and the money for neither…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, posted exactly as written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] More Police Officers... [Read more]

Mayor Lucy Krakowiak announces candidacy for re-election to City Council

Mayor Lucy Krakowiak announces candidacy for re-election to City Council

Mayor Lucy Krakowiak announced her campaign for re-election to the Burien City Council on Monday, Dec. 22. Krakowiak, unanimously selected as Mayor on Jan. 6, 2014, has served on the council since November,... [Read more]

LETTER: Normandy Park Councilmember Jenkins upset with 4 fellow councilmembers

LETTER: Normandy Park Councilmember Jenkins upset with 4 fellow councilmembers

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog – a Letter to the Editor from Normandy Park Councilmember Stacia Jenkins, who is very upset with four fellow councilmembers over the forced resignation of... [Read more]

OP-ED + LETTER: Open letters to the Citizens of the Highline School District

OP-ED + LETTER: Open letters to the Citizens of the Highline School District

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post includes both an ‘Op-Ed,’ submitted by the Highline School Board, and an ‘Open Letter to the Community’ submitted by Highline School District Superintendent... [Read more]

Police Chief will fill in while Normandy Park seeks interim city manager

Police Chief will fill in while Normandy Park seeks interim city manager

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: Police Chief Chris Gaddis Even though City Manager Glenn Akramoff’s final day is Dec. 31, he is just providing information and not making executive decisions... [Read more]

Burien City Council ‘downzones’ Lake Burien neighborhood

Burien City Council ‘downzones’ Lake Burien neighborhood

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council sided with the city staff and rejected a Planning Commission decision and approved a downzoning of the Lake Burien area. The Monday (Dec. 15) meeting also finished... [Read more]

Burien City Council dumps any possible North Highline annexation

Burien City Council dumps any possible North Highline annexation

by Jack Mayne Probably the last possible avenue to any thought of Burien annexing White Center and North Boulevard Park was shut down by a one-vote margin at the Burien City Council meeting Monday night. The... [Read more]

Revised Highline School District Bond measure will be on Feb. 10 ballot

Revised Highline School District Bond measure will be on Feb. 10 ballot

A revised school construction bond – valued about $9 million less than the one proposed in November – to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on the Feb.... [Read more]

Normandy Park City Manager Glenn Akramoff suddenly resigns

Normandy Park City Manager Glenn Akramoff suddenly resigns

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: Normandy Park City Manager Glenn Akramoff – who has been in that position since July, 2013 – resigned suddenly Tuesday night, Dec. 16. A special City Council... [Read more]

LETTER: Highline School Board ‘would like to set the record straight’

LETTER: Highline School Board ‘would like to set the record straight’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Editor: We would like to set the... [Read more]